“To Susan, help your Momie in need. Here is a good cookbook for you. Hope you will make some of the recipes.
The Rainy Day Popcorn, for example, was to be prepared “…to the tune of Old MacDonald Had a Farm.”
Its instructions began like this:
“Put oil and corn into the pot.
Cover pot and heat till hot.
With a Pop! Pop! here and a Pop! Pop! there.
Here a Pop! There a Pop! Everywhere a Pop! Pop!”
Over time, I became the baker in the family, freeing my mom to rely on palm fulls and pinches instead of carefully measured ingredients.
SPICED PUMPKIN CUPCAKESMakes 12
3/4 cup sunflower oil
2 teaspoons vanilla
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 cup flour
1 cup sugar
1 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/4 cup butter
4 ounces cream cheese
2 cups powdered sugar
Candied pumpkin seeds